As opposed to the common knowledge, cranberry juice doesn’t have spectacular effects against urinary tract infection. No other products (such as pills) based on these berries are proved to show significant improvement regarding the condition. The claim about their efficiency dates from the past decades.
Cranberry juice and other similar products were believed to work wonders against urinary tract infections. They were said to lower the pH of urine. However, a recent study shows that the cranberry-based treatment is as efficient as a placebo-based one.
The new research involved no less than one hundred eighty-five participants and lasted for one year. The specialists in charge of the study chose senior women from nursing homes and observed the effects of pills containing cranberry extracts on their health.
What the researchers did was divide the patients into two groups. Ninety-two of the women received capsules containing cranberry substances, while the other ninety-three women were administered placebo medication. The treatment lasted for a year. After the stated period, the scientists observed that there were no significant improvements in the group that received the cranberry-based treatment.
The specialists explain that the pills had seventy-two milligrams, which is the same as twenty ounces of cranberry juice. So their trial proved the inefficiency of the berries in treating this disease, regardless of the of forms that patients used.
The authors of the study noted that there were similar effects on both groups. Hospitalization and mortality were reported on both sides. The symptoms and the way in which the condition evolved also showed no differences.
This is not the first study concerned with the efficiency of cranberry juice and related products in treating urinary tract infection. Previous research also accounts for the lack of improvement with patients who use the products.
The researchers explain that there is nothing wrong with consuming cranberry juice, which is a fresh and natural product. It is not efficient against urinary tract infection, but it does no harm. However, what health experts do recommend to patients is not wasting their money on pills based on cranberry extracts, as they won’t work.
Statistics show that about fifty percent of the women who live in nursing homes are diagnosed with urinary tract infection. The condition is triggered by bacteria in the urine, called bacteriuria. Specialists also state that ninety percent of the patients are infected with Pyuria (pus).
More details on the study can be found in the journal JAMA.
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